Total Recall is a 1990 science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger was loosely based on the story by Philip K. Dick “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”.
Total Recall was one of the most expensive movies made that particular year (1990) and one of the coolest action/sci-fi movies to ever hit the big screen.
Patrick Swayze originally signed to play Quaid when the movie began its preproduction in Australia with Bruce Beresford as the director. Early on in preproduction, Dino De Laurentiis’ the company who had the rights at the time went bankrupt. When Schwarzenegger became aware the rights were available he was able to persuaded Carolco to buy the script.
Early drafts of the script had the character of Quaid described as as an average-looking accountant-type person. Schwarzenegger suggested that Quaid be more of a physically-buffed construction worker.
Paul Verhoeven signed up to direct the film in the fall of 1988. When filming began in Mexico City 45 sets took up eight sound stages for six months.
The original cut of Total Recall was given an X-rating because of its excessive violence. Some of the violence was trimmed and different camera angles were used in the more over the top scenes. After the changes were made in the editing room the movie was then given an R rating.
A sequel titled Total Recall 2 was written, with Schwarzenegger’s character still Douglas Quaid, now working as a reformed law enforcer. The sequel was based on a different Philip K. Dick short story, “The Minority Report”, which tells a story about a future where a crime can be solved before it is committed. In the movie adaptation the clairvoyants would of been the Martian mutants.
Total Recall is a must for anyone’s home movie library when it comes to Schwarzenegger movies.
Total Recall – Synopsis:
The year is 2084. Douglas Quaid is a construction worker, every night Doug has been having horrible nightmares about the planet Mars and it has become very obsessive for Doug. Doug goes to “Rekall INC” a company that sales false memories of ideal holidays. When Doug has a false memory of a holiday on Mars implanted, it all goes terribly wrong. Doug has lost his memory and he is being chased by a group of assassins and his beautiful wife Lori is a agent who claims his whole life is a fake and he isn’t who he is.
After discovering he is Hauser, a former Mars Intelligence agent, Quaid goes to the colony on Mars, in hoping of finding answers. Where he meets a woman named Melina who is working for rebels and the assassins are working for Vilos Cohaggen, the colony’s corrupt administrator. As Doug sets out to discover who he is and why Cohaagen is after him, Doug not only is finding answers, he also begins to question reality.